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I don't want your data

Would like to echo Manu’s post here. The internet is indeed all about data. It wants to know everything about you – who you are, what you do, what you like, what you eat, where you go, who you talk to, what you watch, and what games you play. If companies like Google and Meta could, they’d even track how many times you go to the bathroom. I don’t want to be like that....

September 20, 2023

Improve your work by saying no more often

Most productivity advice focuses on speed and efficiency: more user-friendly tools allow you to get better results with fewer moves. High-speed Internet access means we can be contacted wherever we are, and predictive typing of words and sentences on the keyboard means we can respond faster than ever before. Google gives us all kinds of information in seconds, and AI may soon figure out what we need before we even know it....

September 14, 2023

When they complain to you, show respect

If a person is not feeling good and complains about a problem, talks about some kind of pain, difficulties, then probably this problem is big and significant for them. If you, as a listener, suddenly saw a “simple solution” and rushed to share it with them, then you completely devalued the problem itself: “Okay, hold on. The fact that I’ve been sad for three days is not a problem for you at all?...

September 9, 2023

Megapolises are like social networks, villages are like forums, and remote cabins are like personal websites

Yesterday morning, I was walking along Livoberezhna, Kyiv, looking at the huge multi-storey residential areas and thinking about how the things we create in the digital world reflect what we build in the physical world. Large social media platforms are metropolises: dense, noisy, and chaotic. These are cities that never sleep. You will always see or hear something new, but it is unlikely that you will keep up with all the events....

September 3, 2023

How to Avoid Being Micromanaged at Work

Let’s review a simple scenario. You work as an analyst like myself. You’ve been there for a few years, and now you’re in a senior role. They assign you to a new manager who doesn’t know you quite well, therefore you’re not trusted enough. The boss always double-checks your analysis, sticks their nose everywhere, doesn’t let you collaborate with your stakeholders directly. In short, they’re just annoying pain in the ass....

September 2, 2023